Thursday, June 5, 2008

6/5/08 Strawberry Faire, Ashland Pool, Tim Russert Serves Up Leftovers

I hope you’re all ready for the Strawberry Faire this weekend. Did you clean out your wagon? I’ve read that strawberries are packed with vitamins, folic acid, fiber, and calcium, so I think that means that strawberry shortcake is good for you! The Faire starts at 10 am, and you can park at either Henry Clay or Gandy Elementary Schools and catch the bus over to the RMC campus. For you Richmond readers, Amtrak has $13 tickets available from Staples Mill to Ashland. Visit for details.

Happy Birthday to Kate Melson who turns 9 on June 10th!

If you’re looking for some summer activities for your kids, consider the Hanover Arts and Activities Theater Camp. Lorie Foley returns this year as director to lead her talented actors and actresses in “The Wizard of Oz”. Camp will run July 14th through August 14th, and there are two different sessions: one for 3rd through 9th graders, and one for 1st and 2nd graders. Go to http://www.hanoverarts/ for more information and a registration form.

Remember to go to the Ashland Library where Jim Scanlon will present a “History of Randolph-Macon College” at 10:00 am this Saturday. Enjoy a breakfast of strawberries and learn about R-MC, which is such an important part of our sweet town. After that, just walk over to the Strawberry Faire. Prof. Scanlon’s presentation is sponsored by the Pamunkey Regional Library. Call 798-4072 for more information.

The Ashland Farmer’s Market is getting rave reviews this year. I’ve heard people comment that it’s better than some found in Richmond. The cut flowers will last for days on your kitchen table, and you won’t find any better tasting veggies anywhere. They’re open each Saturday from 9 am until noon behind Town Hall.

The Ashland Pool has opened for the season on the weekends until school gets out. Hunter Hoy has returned as manager which means we’re in for another perfect summer, where we can close our eyes and pretend that we’re in the south of France. On Fridays, the pool is open from 4:30 until 9:00 pm, and then Saturday and Sunday it’s open from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. Regular hours will begin Tuesday, June 17th, with free admission for all school children. Admission is $4 per person during the week and $7 per person on the weekends. Season passes are also available at Town Hall. Call 798-2520 for more information.

Excuse me for a minute while I stand on my soap box and shake my finger at Mr. Tim Russert. We were so delighted that Randolph-Macon got the host of “Meet the Press” to be their speaker at graduation this past weekend, until we found out that he’s given the exact same speech at least two other times at different colleges. It was a bit disappointing. R-MC deserved an original commencement address.

By the time you read this, school will have just about a week left. I know you must get tired of me saying it, but we’re really lucky to have such good public schools here in Ashland. Be sure to let me know of any graduates who need congratulating! You can reach me at 310-5320, or Have a wonderful week!

This rainbow was over Ashland Sunday evening. Look, the pot of gold on the left side must be at Gandy, and the pot of gold on the right must be at Henry Clay. (Or maybe Rob & Sharon Stiles' house. Anyone got a shovel?)

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